One Food Habit to Change This Year

It’s the start of a new year and I don’t know about you but I got about a dozen minor yet noticeable bad food habits that I’d wish to get rid of. If that sounds like a lot then you don’t want to know how much I used to have. I’m talking about small things like too much sugar in my coffee or eating too much calories at breakfast, etc. Not eating whole cakes or anything like that.

Every year one of these minor but annoying bad food habits gets eliminated by my will, and it usually starts about this time of the year. This time around I’m starting 2021 with the challenge of eliminating a certain pesky bad food habit that has been with me for way too long now.

My bad food habit to eliminate this year–have you guessed it?–that’s right! It’s drinking 0 calorie gin sodas instead of beer. I don’t drink a lot of beer but if I can avoid the bloating by sacrificing beer for gin sodas then it’s something I should do for my health. Just one small thing that stacked up on top of many other small things makes a big difference in improving my overall health. Doing this also strengthens my will power and hopefully inspires others like you!

What’s the one bad food habit you want to get rid of this year?

Setting the Stage for Success this Christmas in 2020

Our blog is planning something special for this holiday season. We’re setting the stage for something incredible. Before we ruin the surprise with our premature announcement, let us talk about why we’re doing this.

As you know, we recently gained new partners and for us that means someone to celebrate Christmas with virtually across the country. Talking more with our friends in Guelph has led to great success in the world of blogging because we talked them into starting a blog of their own. This Christmas, you can expect a new blog on our friend’s website. We’ll be here to announce it when that happens.

Now, to spoil the surprise, let’s tell you what we’re setting the stage for. Of course, it’s success–but success in what?

In all disclosure, we’re setting the stage to host a virtual Christmas party with all our internet friends around the planet. For you this means very interesting content and an invitation to join our online Christmas party. Because of the current times in 2020, we don’t condone large Christmas parties in person and that’s why we’re endorsing the use of the internet to help people celebrate Christmas this year. You might have seen similar situations on Halloween, and that’s good. For Christmas 2020 we hope to be a good example by staying at home in order not to contract or spread COVID-19.

Stay tuned for updates on this, because it’ll be a party you won’t want to miss.

Best Way to Clean the Kitchen after a Dinner Party

Halloween 2020 just came and left, and if you had a party then you know what it’s like to clean up afterward. No matter the time of year, I have a special technique for cleaning the kitchen that is fast and fun.

It’s quite simple, really. It all starts with buying good cleaner spray and paper towel, then putting on some of your favorite music. I prefer disco for cleaning because of the high energy.

To clean all your counters and other kitchen surfaces like stovetops, fridge doors, microwaves, etc, all you need to do is spray it with your cleaner solution. I use eco-friendly cleaner because then I don’t feel bad for spraying way too much on. Spraying way too much cleaner on is a big part of my technique, because after leaving it on for a minute it becomes super easy to clean up all the grime and spills with paper towel.

Try this technique and tell me what you think. I find the combination of too much cleaner solution and good music makes everything breezy and easy. Unlike using a wet cloth, this is also fun. That’s why it’s the best method for cleaning kitchens after a dinner party.

Cooking with a Newly Repaired Appliance is Almost as Good as Cooking with a New One

I hope everyone who reads this blog knows what it feels like to cook your first meal with a kitchen full of brand new appliances. If you do, then you might also know what it feels like to cook with an appliance that just recently got repaired. In North Vancouver, BC, where I was visiting my aunt this summer I got to experience cooking with an appliance just after it got repaired by a professional technician and I must say it was just as good as cooking with a brand new appliances. Let me explain why.

First of all, both situations have their own unique form of satisfaction. When you’re cooking with a brand new appliances you get experience how that appliance works for the first time. For instance, you might have installed a gas stove in your kitchen island and cooking a stew on your new gas stove for the first time might be a fascinating experience because it feels like you’re cooking in someone else’s kitchen. This is a great joy of home cooking I hope everyone who loves to cook gets to experience.

On the other hand, cooking with an appliance that was recently broken has a different satisfaction. Although I think this satisfaction is just as pleasant as the first. The satisfaction you get from working with a newly repaired appliance is increased the longer you had to wait to get the appliance repaired. Maybe your local appliance repair company, like the one my aunt chose in North Vancouver, won’t be able to come out to fix your oven for a week. In this case, you might be sick of ordering food to your door and can’t wait to cook your own meals again. So by the time your appliance is repaired you’re so happy to cook with it again because you missed it so much.

These two different forms of satisfaction, at least for me, are equal in terms of pleasantness. But if we’re talking about purchasing a used appliance I think it would be more satisfying to purchase a brand new one instead because you haven’t had enough time to get attached emotionally to the used appliance yet. I once purchased a used microwave and immediately wished I had bought a new one instead because it didn’t heat up the food as well as I thought it ought to.

This was my opinion on the matter, and for those of you thinking of whether or not to replace your broken appliance or get it fixed I hope I helped to make your decision easier.

The Joy of Cooking at Home

Everyone who loves cooking at home has their own reasons for it, but here’s mine. Recently I’ve been enjoying cooking at home a lot more because I just upgraded my kitchen appliances. I got tired of having to repair the dishwasher every Christmas–and dirty dishes are one thing that holds many people back from cooking in their own kitchen frequently–and now cleaning up after a big meal is a breeze.

Also, with my new microwave, reheating leftovers is as easy as ever, and in my opinion microwaving leftovers can still be considered cooking at home, unless of course you’re microwaving delivered pizza or Chinese food, haha.

The other day I made tortellini with a homemade alfredo sauce. And it wasn’t the taste that made it so memorable. What makes me think of that cooking experience with joy is the way the sun shone on my kitchen counter as I worked slowly to good music. Oh yes, it was so nice.

So if you’re looking for a way to find more joy out of cooking at home then try this: play some good music, pour your favorite beverage, and don’t forget to sample the food as you cook. You don’t have to cook something fancy, but to enjoy it you have to derive pleasure from the experience. What do you like to do when you’re working? Have a podcast on in the background, or a football game? Or do you like to have someone to talk to? For me, it’s not just the cooking that I enjoy. It’s spending time in my clean kitchen with the ones I love, knowing that when I’m done I’ll have something incredible to eat.

That’s why love cooking in my own kitchen, using the new domestic appliances I spent a lot of money for. And you can enjoy it too if you find a way. Have fun.

Is Good Food All About Taste?

In case you’re actually wondering, the answer is no! There are at least 3 other major aspects that make food “good”. Of course, taste is a major factor for most people, and that’s why most people in America are, well, unhealthy…

Welcome to Mizuna Food, the blog all about healthy eating and cooking at home with kitchen appliances. I just used my Samsung oven today to cook a great cabbage sausage. If you don’t know what a cabbage sausage is then you’ll learn all about it on a later post. I promise.

But, now, here are those 3 major aspects that make food “good” even if it tastes bad. Before we start I just want to say thanks for checking out our new blog. We’re so glad you’re here!

3 Things Besides Taste that Make Food “GOOD”

1. The science behind GMOs is still in a blurry gray zone when it comes to health but I’ve been persuaded for years now that organic means you’re not taking a risk in the first place. 100 years ago all food was “organic” because GMOs didn’t exist yet, or at least in the way we understand GMOs today. We could sit here and argue that modern corn and kale are GMOs, but you know what I mean when I say GMO, right? I’m talking about foods that have been engineered in a lab by scientists at a molecular level, not just foods that we’ve shaped over hundreds of years like we have with breeding dogs. So, in my circle, organic food is good food!

2. This one is simple! If it’s meat, was it raised ethically? By that I mean were the animals raised in pens tied toe to toe with no sense of what free life feels like. I love how good it feels to eat ethically raised meat, and you should too.

3. This one is also simple… was the food raised with or without preservatives? For me, it doesn’t matter how good the food tastes if it comes from a year-old bag that’s pumped full of chemicals that cause cancer. Enough said!

Conclusion

So now you know taste isn’t the only thing that makes food good. And for all you lovely people who already knew that, please share this post to spread awareness. Thanks for reading.

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This blog is all about good food choices and how to make them with new modern appliances. We love talking about life in the kitchen just as much as food recipes and healthy eating. A big part of healthy eating, to us, is having clean appliances that work orderly. Here, you can expect to learn everything from our Mizuna recipes to how to fix a fridge.

We can’t wait to get started. Stay tuned.